North China, 1937
ALTHOUGH the general success of Japanese Army operations in north China was due in large measure to the poor quality of resistance encountered, it is impossible, in reviewing the campaigns, to gainsay the fact that the achievements of the invaders were notable in many respects. As a framework for its southern advances the Imperial Army chose the railway network of Shantung, Shansi and Hopei provinces and along these corridors its columns moved southwards in three correlated drives against the supposedly highly fortified Lung-Hai railway.
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